(Lent Begins)(Christian) This day marks the beginning of Lent. Ash symbolizes sorrow for wrong doings and foreheads of churchgoers are marked with the shape of the cross with ashes as a sign of penitnence.
(Sikh, Hindu) According to myth, a tyrannical king's son, Pralad, refused to worship his father as God and was condemned to death by burning. However, the boy's aunt, named Holika, transferred her own immunity from fire to Prahlad, and burned to death in his place. This festival of colour celebrates Spring, where people play with liquid and powdered colours, light bonfires and blow horns to celebrate the destruction of Holika.
(Zoroastrian, Afghanistan, Islam, Ismaili, Afghanistan, Bahá'í, Iran) Naw-Ruz means 'new day', and is celebrated by Muslims of Persian hertiage or influence, and by all Ismaili Muslims around the world. The Zoroastrian New Year celebrates the creation of fire on this day on which Zarathustra received his revelation.